Bob Myman, CSUN Class of 1967, serves as an Ambassador to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. A graduate of the California State University, Northridge (Political Science) and the University of Southern California Law School, Bob began practicing law in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, then as a civil litigator for the firm of Rose, Klein & Marias before shifting his focus to entertainment law.
He is a founding partner of Myman Abell Fineman Fox Greenspan Light LLP, one of the leading firms in the entertainment legal community. The firm represents television and theatrical writers, producers, directors, actors, playwrights, authors and journalists, recording artists, songwriters and other individuals in diverse entertainment genres. The firm also represents institutional clients such as television studios, game manufacturers, publishers and record labels, as well as industry executives, agents and personal managers. In representing production companies, studios and networks, the firm handles production and distribution matters, as well as legal and business affairs for television programs and feature films.
While never very far from the practice of law, Bob was John Ritter’s partner in Adam Productions. He served as Executive Producer on four network television series (“Hooperman,” “Have Faith,” “Anything But Love” and “Hearts Afire”) and numerous television movies and specials, including the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated “Unnatural Causes” and Christopher Award winner “Dreamer Of Oz”.
Bob was recruited to serve as the Managing Director of the Talent Division for the 1993 and 1997 Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington D.C., overseeing the creative and business aspects for all performing talent. He also worked on the Democratic National Conventions in Chicago (1996) and Los Angeles (2000).
He was named Entertainment Attorney of the Year by The Century City Bar Association for 2002-2003. He was selected as a “Super Lawyer of the Year” in 2005, 2007 and 2008 by the joint project of Los Angeles Magazine, Law & Politics and NY Times. In July, 2007, The Hollywood Reporter selected him for its first Top Power Lawyers list. He was named again to its 2008 list.
Bob has been a frequent guest lecturer at universities and symposiums and served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University Law School and Southwestern Law School, teaching “The Business of Television.” He has served on the Chapman University School of Film and Television Millennium Council, as well as the Dean’s Advisory Board and is currently serving on the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts Board of Advisors. He is also a founder of the Carthay Circle Explorers Club. He has served on the Southern California Advisory Council for the Citizen Scholarship Foundation of America, the Board of Directors of Women in Film, and Board of Advisors of the Harvard Center for Health Communication.
He is a founder and member of a masters water polo team, which finished second in the World Masters Games in Australia, Italy, Morocco and Hungary, and has won the U.S. Masters. In 2000, he was elected into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements in water polo, which include a gold medal as a member of the U.S. Maccabiah Team in Israel.
Bob and his wife Debbie, a USC graduate with a Masters in Education, have two children, Adam and Catherine. Adam, who has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from The American Film Institute, is a teacher and real estate developer and is married to Traci, a business affairs attorney at ABC. They have a son, Jack. Catherine, a Scripps College graduate, and a preschool teacher working towards a graduate degree in child development, is married to Matt Kaplan, an MBA graduate of the Anderson School at UCLA working at E! Entertainment. They have a daughter, Lucy.